Last night Cupid and I had a good ride in the covered arena. There were 3 lessons going on (4 riders total) plus another person just riding, so it was hectic but Cupid doesn't seem to mind the activity. After doing half an hour of walk-trot I asked for the right lead canter (his good side), and he picked up the left. Doh! Got it on the second try and went twice around the big arena. Cupid has a smooth canter with long strides, but he is lazy and will drop to a trot if I'm not paying attention. But his balance is getting better. After a little more walk-trot we tried the left lead... nope. Back on a circle to try again, another fail. Cupid was getting a little upset, tossing his head, so we took a little break from trying to canter and just worked on bending and other things until he relaxed. Then we finally got the left lead and went about one and a half times around. I gave him several pats and "good boys", and told him we can cool down and be done for the day.
Today I woke up early and decided to go ride in the morning, since when I go after work it is already dark. We warmed up with a nice relaxing walk around the property... at least until we got to the world's scariest junk pile.